Randall USSA's Cross Country Athlete of the Year as Vonn takes highest honor
Audi FIS World Cup champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) was honored by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association with the Beck International Award, the organization’s highest athlete honor. The USSA also recognized longtime race official John Garnsey of Vail/Beaver Creek with its Julius Blegen Award for three decades of service to the sport. The awards were presented May 11 in Park City at the annual USSA Congress at the Park City Marriott.
US Cross-Country team members were also awarded as Kikkan Randall won the Cross Country Athlete of the Year Award and Matt Whitcomb for the Cross-Country International Coach of the Year.
The U.S. Cross Country Ski Team's Kikkan Randall (Anchorage) was named the USSA's Cross Country Athlete of the Year. Randall skied to another historic season, winning the FIS World Cup sprint title and finishing fifth overall – both U.S. women’s records. Randall, who also raised her record U.S. championships total to 17, helped bring the performance of the entire U.S. Women’s Cross Country Ski Team to a record level with six athletes scoring points. She remained active, too, as an advocate for young girls through Fast and Female and served as a representative to the FIS Athletes Council.
U.S. Ski Team women’s cross country coach Matt Whitcomb was named USSA’s Cross Country International Coach of the Year after a stellar season by the U.S. team. Six athletes scored World Cup points including a World Cup sprint title from Kikkan Randall. It was one the strongest season in history with regular career bests amongst a team of athletes who capitalized on Randall’s success, generating team-wide momentum.
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